Nov 13, 2012 1:00am PST
, and the fbi investigation that turned up evidence of this affair turned up no evidence of breaching classified information, then why did the affair itself get reported to the director of national intelligence and then the security staff at the white house and ultimately the president? this was private misbehavior that was a breach of personnel rules, but not the law. is the fbi the armed wing of the ci acres human resources department? why did the fbi report the affair to anyone. there was no classified information breached here. no reported breach of david petraeus's systems. any e-mail was not his cia e-mail. it was not like the former director who got busted taking home classified information on his home laptop. so this was not a national security matter. and it was not a criminal matter. so why was this brought up to the director of national intelligence by the fbi. we do not know. what we do know is once james clapper, head of the national intelligence, found out about the affair on election day, he urged david petraeus to resign. the following day, wednesday, mr. clapper reportedly notif
Nov 9, 2012 6:00pm PST
24 hours to think about it. there was a lot involved. i think absent the fbi investigation, which we are told by law enforcement officials is very, very unlikely to lead to any criminal charges, that is an issue that has to be investigated because there were secure communications involved and classification rules. but absent that investigation, i'm not sure whether he could have soldiered through -- a pun i probably should not make and not have to resign. perhaps the president not accepted the resignation. diane feinstein said she wished the president had not accepted the resignation. he believes he was an essential piece of the national security community and of this administration. so i'm not sure whether the personal transgression, although there is a code of honor. and he felt strongly that he had frankly screwed up. and he had to pay the consequences. and after 24 hours and clearly consulting his colleagues, other people in the national security community, don't know who else, the president agreed and accepted it on the phone in a conversation this afternoon. >> andrea mitchell,
Nov 16, 2012 1:00am PST
happened in benghazi from representatives of the state department, national counterterrorism center, fbi, john mccain did not get any of the classified briefing, did not get any of that information or questions answered by any of those people because he skipped the briefing and instead went and yelled at tv cameras about how he couldn't get any information. and when a cnn producer had the good sense to ask senator mccain about why he was yelling about not getting information instead of attending the briefing on his committee where the information was being given out, then he just yelled some more. >> our ted barrett caught up with the senator earlier today and wanted to know why he didn't go to that briefing and to say the least, it did not go well. listen to what happened. >> because i have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me i can or not? i'm not giving you an answer. for the tenth time. >> who the hell are you? this is all going on while john mccain continues to try to make a case that this scandal that he can't get any information about, can'